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Old 1st December 2010, 09:23 PM   #1
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Hi all! So, I'm in an interesting place in my life...still relatively young (28) and I'm moving again. I currently own a pair of Dynaudio Contour S1.4's which I will be selling. Before I settle down again and upgrade the system, I'd like to play around with a few DIY ideas. I've built a few electronic pieces up to this point but never a speaker.

I want to start with an Onken-style speaker and then move on to something from the Chang family or similar. I'm looking for suggestions on what Onken to build...I have a 1980's Sansui SS receiver, 1980's Pioneer SS int. amp, and a Fisher 500c that I still have to overhaul. So, let's say that I have a 25-50W vintage solid state amp to use (everything else is in boxes)...does this help decide which design to go with?

I'm open to bookshelf/floorstander, but I'd rather start with a smaller speaker that I can later use as a test speaker or bedroom system. These also won't be used for high-SPL listening, so that's not really a concern. Thanks in advance!
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So, let's say that I have a 25-50W vintage solid state amp to use (everything else is in boxes)...does this help decide which design to go with?
That does... you want one of the less efficient drivers (soon a moot choice once all the FE127 & 167 are gone ). That suggests CHR70, EL70 or one of the Alpairs depending on your budget. What is your budget?

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Hah, I was hoping you'd be one of my replies! For my first pair, I'd like to keep it relatively affordable as I'm sure I'll make many mistakes along the way. (I don't even know where to source baltic birch around here yet!) That said, I guess...<$100 a driver? Could you maybe give me a few examples at different price points for a bookshelf? I wasn't aware there were that many options to even start with.

Money really isn't too big of an issue, but like I said...for the first project, I don't want to get in over my head.
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Old 1st December 2010, 11:52 PM   #4
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hey yoda , if you haven't found it yet , check out the Mark Audio forum here . they manufacture the chr70 and alpairs . i'm playing with a pair of alpair 12's .

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The EL70 models well in a BIB configuration. 52.5" x 8.5" x 11" (H W D ). These are simple builds with few pieces. You could do that for under $200 total easy. You would get some scale to the lower mids and upper bass then. The EL70 has impressive bass for it's size.

I think Dave mentioned that the EL70 works well in a small sealed cabinet as well.

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Hah, I was hoping you'd be one of my replies!.
Hope? No you have assurance. As I understand this process Dave, Scott, and Chris are 3 of the 23 new MacArthur Fellows for 2010. This past week, the recipients learned in a single phone call from the Foundation that they will each receive $500,000 in “no strings attached” support over the next five years. Recipients are found and awarded these grants based on genius and service. All of which are much in evidence through gigabytes of selfless service and inspiration on this forum.

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Thanks for the suggestions, all. I'm not really too concerned about low-frequency extension as these speakers won't be used very often and my "real" system has a Velodyne DD12 sitting in a box.

I think I'll stick to a bookshelf design due to smaller pieces of wood and more flexibility for future applications (test speakers, bedroom, whatever).
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As I understand this process Dave, Scott, and Chris are 3 of the 23 new MacArthur Fellows for 2010.
Wouldn't that have been nice. $1.5M to further diy tech

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I guess...<$100 a driver?
CHR & EL70 should set you back <$100/pr Fully treated ones will get you closer to your max budget. 1 pair per box makes a big bookshelf.

Alpair 7 will just fit your budget.

Don't forget that -- except for the early version Mar-Kel70 (EL70) and the millis* -- the miniOnken plan set subscriptions cost money (a free bonus with my drivers) -- hope that doesn't read like an advert.

*(CHR is the one that works sealed)

What are your main speakers now? Despite the modest cost to get into these, they surprise a lot of people.

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Old 2nd December 2010, 05:19 AM   #10
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Dynaudio Contour S1.4's...as I said though, they're boxed up and ready to sell once I get around to posting them to audiogon. My new place in Chicago will determine my next set of speakers...love the Dyn sound, so perhaps the Contour S5.4's, Confidence C1's, Maggies...who knows.
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